‘My goal is to play alongside the best players’: Raphael Varane hopes Kylian Mbappe will join him at Real Madrid this summer and calls PSG star ‘one of the best players in European football’ as he enjoys another superb scoring season
- Kylian Mbappe’s contract at Paris Saint-Germain runs out in the summer of 2022
- The French forward has 30 goals in 36 matches this season for the Ligue 1 giants
- It has been claimed that Real Madrid tried to sign Mbappe before Covid-19 hit
- Raphael Varane is certainly keen for his international team-mate to join him
- Both Real and PSG will compete in the quarter-finals of the Champions League
Raphael Varane has underlined his ambition to play alongside Kylian Mbappe at Real Madrid during a complimentary interview answer about his France international team-mate.
Mbappe has been on fire this season once again, with two more goals on Sunday in the 4-2 win over Lyon taking his tally in all competitions to 30 goals in 36 games for Paris Saint-Germain during the current campaign as the capital club returned to the top of Ligue 1.
The 22-year-old’s performances this term, including a stunning hat-trick against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, have prompted strong speculation about a summer move to the Bernabeu, with Varane doing little to quell the rumours when he spoke to French publication Europe 1.
Kylian Mbappe is being heavily linked with Real Madrid and has 30 goals for his club this term
Raphael Varane wants his international team-mate to join him at the Bernabeu in the summer
On the prospect of playing alongside his compatriot in Spain, the centre back said: ‘He’s still young but he has made huge progress and he keeps developing.
‘He’s becoming an all-around player and he’s still a goalscorer, he’s one of the best.
‘My goal is to play alongside the best players and Kylian is one of the best players in European football.’
Jerome Rothen has claimed that Real were due to sign Mbappe before Covid-19 struck
Mbappe’s current contract at the Parc des Princes runs out in the summer of 2022, with former PSG winger Jerome Rothen claiming last April that Los Blancos – who currently sit third in LaLiga – almost signed the former Monaco forward before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Both Real and PSG are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with the Spaniards facing Liverpool in a repeat of the 2018 final, while PSG face off against Bayern Munich in a rerun of last year’s showpiece that was won by a solitary goal from Kingsley Coman.
Varane and Mbappe have been called up to the France squad for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.